Senior Circuit - Late Date & Oklahoma & Lilacs & The Wedding


Jack Neary

Published by Dramatic Publishing

3 Male 3 Female

Senior Curcuit (formerly Five Nickels) is a full evening of theatre and the title story is the first act of the play

Senior Curcuit introduces us to Ed Maloney, 60, single and shy

He's a Catholic usher and, on this particular Sunday, he is confronted by Catherine Barber, a 50-year-old widow who, after weeks and weeks of holding back, has finally determined to confront this lifelong bachelor with her true feelings - feelings which she has been expressing weekly in the church hallway in a very special, very subtle way

Act Two opens with Late Date, in which two sharply sassy 20-somethings who, hoping to never cross paths again after one date from hell, are forced to deal with the very real fact that their single parents are considering dating each other

Oklahoma is an actor-audience one-on-one in which a woman in her 70s reminisces about her days as a World War II nurse and how the horrors of war were miraculously eased by a surprise trip to New York to see the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical

The third piece, Lilacs, is a sweet, often hilarious chance meeting, said to have really taken place sometime in the 1920s, between a young boy destined to be a priest and a 14-year-old girl who would one day become one of the most famous actresses in the world

Finally, The Wedding, a roll-in-the-aisles laugh following the plight of a regular Joe named Frank who must accommodate the seemingly outrageous demands made by his only daughter

Why Mary-Ellen can't see the wisdom behind Dad's choice to hold her wedding reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall is only one of the innumerable comic confrontations in the show

Five Nickels is written to be presented as a full evening of theatre, but each playlet can easily stand on its own

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